2:30 PM14:30

All you want to know about the Polk County Courthouse by John Vining

Polk County's one and only permanent courthouse is the topic of the Polk County Historical Association inaugural program for 2019. The 1859 structure is only one of 14 antebellum courthouses that remain in North Carolina. 

Polk County native John Vining will be the presenter. He was actively involved in the restoration of the court house and will talk about the architectural features of the building and will share little tidbits of the 159 year building. The program will begin at 2:30pm on January 8th. 

In 2018 the historic courthouse was nominated and selected as PCHA's Polk County's number one historic wonder. It is the oldest courthouse in use in the western half of the state and the 8th oldest structure used as a courthouse in NC. 

The January program will be held inside the Polk County Historical Museum at 60 Walker Street in downtown Columbus. There is no cost to attend and the public is invited.

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6:00 PM18:00


See Polk country historical characters come to life on Thursday night performed by live actors ! an over-mountain man ,civil war soldier ,railroad engineer from 100 years ago,a notorious female moonshiner ,early Polk politician and more come out free admission .

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to Oct 30

Genealogy class

Did you know that genealogy has replaced gardening at the number one hobby in the United States? Learning about one's ancestors is both fascinating and fun. It is not a difficult hobby but learning a few techniques on how to search could save time and effort.

The Polk County Historical Association is offering a Genealogy 101 class for any interested residents. The Fall classes will be taught on Tuesdays beginning on October 9th and continuing for four consecutive weeks at 2pm. 

The cost for historical association members is $25 and $40 for non-members. For more information contact Becky Hudson at 828.894.8583. Space is limited. Call today.

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4:30 PM16:30


Have you ever wondered how Columbus got it's name? Who was Capt Thomas Howard? You can learn these and other historical facts about Polk County. Local historian Anna Pack Conner is planning to teach her Polk County history course once again.

Starting on Thursday, October 4th from 1 to 2:30 pm each week and continuing for five consecutive weeks, come listen and learn about Polk County's past. Conner will share information about the county and it's beginnings. The classes are being offered by the Polk County Historical Association and will be held inside the museum at 60 Walker Street in Columbus. 

If you are a member of the historical assocation the cost is only $50 per person. Non-members can enroll in the classes for $75. Each week participants will be given a written outline for the next session.

"We are excited to make this opportunity available to area residents," said Pat McCool, President of the Polk County Historical Association. "Anna has taught this class numerous times and former students have been pleased at her insight on the local historical facts."

The course is limited to 30 participants. To register or for more information contact Pat McCool at COOL1760@GM

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A Visit from the Overmountain Men
2:30 PM14:30

A Visit from the Overmountain Men

Reanactorsportraying the over mountain men ,patriots who took on and captured the british at kings mountain ,will be featured in our Sept monthly program .
   this historical event was a highlight in Polk county's history as the over mountain men camped at alexander's ford one night in northwestern Polk county beforing marching on to the battle

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10:00 AM10:00

Fabulous 4th at the Museum

Museum will be open 10-4 during the town of Columbus independence day celebration

a special program on antique toys will be featured geared to children.

Also be sure and visit our WW1Cenntenial display "Polk county doughboys of WW1"

come and enjoy the airconditioned museum and free admission while in town to celebrate


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